Central Market Hall, Budapest

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The largest and oldest indoor market in the city, Central Market Hall, offers a variety of food, candy, spirits, and souvenir stalls. Let your mouth water as you wander the first floor of this Neo-Gothic building past fresh produce, meats, sweets, spices, liquors, and wine. The second floor houses mostly souvenir shops and eateries, and the basement features butcher shops, a fish market, and pickled goods. Built in 1897 and restored in the 1990s, this market was the idea of Budapest's first mayor, Karoly Kamermayer, and is now one of the city's biggest tourist attractions. Try local specialties, such as deep-fried lángos. Put Central Market Hall on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Budapest travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Nothing special but fruits, vegetables and meats in a beautiful art nouveau building. Not to try hungarian kitchen.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The grand market Hall of Budapest is a very nice place, close to the banks of the Danube (on the side of Pest). It is essentially a food market. Of course we must look closely. There is also a tourist trap among the many shops. And there are also places with a good and real Hungarian products at decent prices (don't hesitate to go all around to compare prices, which vary for the same product, almost from single to double).
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  • August 17, 2017
    Central Market Hall is definitely worth a visit. The stalls are filled with delicious and fresh ingredients. And it is an experience just to stroll through and see the beautiful building.
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  • June 15, 2017
    The building is really nice, but this is definitely a tourist trap. The downstairs had loads of fresh food, that looked reasonably priced. The upstairs had overpriced "street food", and was very crowded, so it was hard to get served and there was no where to sit. I ordered a wrap, which after the server added a few extras came to over £10! (More than a restaurant with table service!) Basically say no to everything they ask after ordering (I picked a specific combination), or the cost will quickly go up. Even cheese on top means you will get charged twice for cheese! I'm not sure why it is so crowded, but the only local I saw ordered a wrap with one topping, which was much, much cheaper, and easier to eat.
  • July 2, 2017
    Oh my this market is incredible, so much great food on display and to eat up stairs. In the basement there is a history area which is informative about the food sources in the area and more. Highly recommended if you want to picnic maybe on the Danube which is beautiful. The market is vibrant and colourful and produce is tip top :)
  • June 20, 2017
    It's a nice place to visit. The lower level features local produce.There are beautiful vegetables, fruits, and an assortment of meats and spices. The upper level is handicrafts and also features some stands with already prepared food like Goulash and other tasty local dishes. To be honest it's not a must see stop but if you have the time and are looking for some souvenirs then it is worth a walk around.
  • July 1, 2017
    Really cool place to shop. Walk around to find the best price for items, many vendors carry the same things for different prices. Bring cash! Very few places take card. The food offered is really good too, and it's all traditional Hungarian food!
  • April 27, 2017
    Fascinating building. Take in the sights sounds and smells of this wonderful place. Grab a coffee on the upper tier & people watch. If you enjoy photography, then this is a must, some great colours and subjects. I did want to grab some food from the upper floor but by the time we arrived it was absolutely full. You could hardly make your way past people queuing on one side and people sitting/standing to eat on the other side, with people trying to pass both ways in the middle. Arrive early if looking for food as it all looked amazing and some stalls justifiably had long queues. Still recommend visiting this attractive market.

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